AT&T Mobile App Hackathon: Eat, Drink, Hack, Win

hackathon, at&t, mobile, apps, developerAll we can say about the upcoming AT&T Mobile Hackathon (Friday, April 13th!) is that you will have a good time, there will be food, and you can win awesome prizes. There will be awesome developer support from Apigee and AT&T and some great speakers. How can you beat that? It is free, there is food, and you get to hack all weekend!

Here is some more on the schedule and prizes. Head on over to Eventbrite for the rest of the details and to register while there is still room.


Schedule.  The following is a list of the weekends agenda:


  • 6PM – Friday Evening – Kickoff event with drinks, networking, and developer dating which leads into idea pitches and team formation.


  • 10AM – Saturday Morning – The fun continues with an all day hackathon. Work with the teams that you formed on Friday night to produce the app spec’d out the night before. Senseis will be available throughout the entire event to help you code up your solution. App submissions will be accepted throughout the day with a deadline of 7PM.


  • 7PM – Saturday Evening – Promptly at 7PM, teams will begin pitching their ventures. Pitches are limited to three (3) minutes per team.


Prizes. The following prizes are experiential and geared towards accelerating you towards a successful business as well as expanding your network and industry knowledge:


  • Best Overall App
    • 1st Place – $500 in Gift Cards
    • 2nd Place $300 in Gift Cards
    • 3rd Place $200 in Gift Cards


  • Best AT&T mHealth API App
    • 1st Place – One (1) Mac Book Air for each team member (Max 3)


  • Best AT&T Blackflag API App
    • 1st Place – Entire team seeded with Sierra Wireless Devices and 1 GB of service


  • Best App using AT&T Cloud Architect
    • 1st Place – One (1) Mac Book Air for each team member (Max 3)


  • Best App using Amazon Web Services
    • 1st Place – $1500 Gift Card for AWS


  • Best App using Serge SDK
    • 1st Place – One (1) Mac Book Air for each team member (Max 3)
    • 2nd Place – One (1) iPad for each team member (Max 3)


  • Best App using Usergrid (must have implemented working API)
    • 1st Place – $600 in Gift Cards to Best Buy


Startup Weekend + Madrona + TechCrunch = $3.4 Million, startup weekend, techcrunchIf you have a dog (or even if you don’t) you may have heard of a Startup Weekend company called that started just a year ago in Seattle. Well, they have been working hard the last year and have grown to a 9 person company and are aggressively trying to accomplish their goal of making it easy for you to find pet sitters wherever you may be. With about 5,000 registered pet sitters in 700 cities, their progress continues to make people notice. People like Micheal Arrington of TechCrunch, Andy Liu, and Madrona’s Venture Group.

In fact, the startup just raised $3.4 million from that group to to keep expanding it’s listings. They will focus on more cities as they move forward (they have mostly focused on Seattle and Portland until now) and expand it’s role in the handling of the transaction between sitters and pet owners.

Check out the full article here and always keep in mind what can happen when a good idea meets Startup Weekend!

Startup Weekend Stamford 2012: The Results Are In

Guest Post by Derek Koch. Originally on

This weekend, Connecticut’s entrepreneurial community descended on Stamford and transformed it in to a startup lab during Stamford’s first ever Startup Weekend.  Twelve new startup teams emerged, and five of those teams were given special honors.  At a time when jobs and the economy are on everyone’s mind, these teams took action.

Startup Weekend Stamford saw about 40 pitches delivered Friday night; 12 teams formed, and worked throughout the weekend at the Stamford Innovation Center, and down the road at UConn’s Stamford campus. Senator Blumenthal addressed the crowd on Sunday night, and stressed the importance of the work of entrepreneurs to the future of Connecticut.

Startup Weekend

What is Startup Weekend?  Simply put, it’s a 54-hour event where developers, designers, and startup enthusiasts come together to form teams and launch companies.  The event culminates in a final pitch competition, and a winner is crowned.

I was lucky enough to serve as the Facilitator for the weekend, guiding local organizers and teams through the process of formation and the weekend of work.

So Who Won?

The winners of Stamford’s first ever Startup Weekend are:

  • 1st Place: MyStuDebt (Michelle Laviree and Amee Patel, @mystudebt):  Helping students manage and repay their loans.
  • 2nd Place: Be Beautiful (Katherine Yarborough): BeBeautiful is an online clothing exchange where women can buy and sell clothes and be a part of an online wellness community.
  • 3rd PlaceAgricomm Weather (Linda Woods, #Agricomm): AgriComm Weather is a fully-customizable weather dashboard, created specifically for the agricultural commodity market.

MyStuDebtMyStuDebt: SW Stamford 2012 Winners

The Team Choice awards for Startup Weekend Stamford were awarded to:

– Risknicity (Greg Berg, #Risknicity):Making buying car insurance as easy & as social as sharing photos on Facebook.

– Love Squadron (Kip Steele, #LoveSquadron)  Service that allows you to ask your friends to help you plan the perfect date.

All the teams deserve special recognition – they worked tirelessly, overcame the obstacles, and all gave great presentations:

  • Caregiver Roadmap [PM: Jed Aber, #CareMap] The easy resource navigator for elder care. (team members: Jed, Nishchay, Kaye, Karin)
  • Challenge Good [PM: Jessica Lokaj, #ChallengeGood, #GoodRules] ChallengeGood is a social fundraising platform designed to help you achieve your personal goals while raising money for a good cause. 
  • Enerknol [PM: Henning Seip, @enerknol]  EnerKnol will provide decision support for energy traders and investors, allowing them to access energy policy data from a single website. This will help to manage uncertainty risk, while saving money on the high costs of research and consulting.
  • Gabinja [PM: Sarah Krikorian, @Gabinja_USAAn online platform that connects Korean corporations with highly-trained American native English speakers to provide multidimensional, industry relevant evaluation and continuous monitoring of employee English abilities.
  • Palobo [PM: Jeff Benson, #palobo] Palobo is crowd-sourced product creation.  Palobo is where you help bring new products to market by placing pre-production orders or contributing.  But you also get your own personal web link to promote and sell products to others and earn commissions.
  • The SuperHero Academy [PM: Karleen Leveille, @KLLearningWe are building games for special needs children that includes a component for parents and Occupational Therapists to monitor progress and pinpoint issues.
  • Webcard [PM: Alex Virvo, @WebKard] Web Card: A page about you and what you do.
To all the mentors, speakers, and judges who participated, thank you.  And to all the participants in the weekend, you did great work – we’re all excited to see what you do next.

Video: How Startup Weekend Fits In The Startup Ecosystem

This video is great! Shashi Jain and Jeff Martens, organizers of Portland Startup Weekend, explain the history behind Startup Weekend and how it fits in the startup ecosystem.

Who Works At Startups, Anyway? #Infographic

Check it out! An awesome infographic breaking down all you crazy peeps that take the startup plunge. Do you see these numbers represented in your startup workplace?

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Facilitator Spotlight: Nick Stevens

The following conversation with Nick Stevens of The Netherlands kicks-off our Featured Facilitator Series.

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How did you get involved with Startup Weekend?

I got involved by booking a ticket to attend Amsterdam 2011. Two years prior, I had left the world of corporate America and returned to small business and startups. Startup Weekend seemed like a fun event that could help with networking, although I found it odd that there appeared to be no social media buzz. I wrote an email to the organisers, asking if it was something I could help with, and that’s how I ended up on the organising team. It’s been a roller-coaster ride ever since.

How would you describe the impact Startup Weekend has had on your local entrepreneurial ecosystem?

“The Netherlands has always been a very innovative country, but over the last few years the startup scene has really come alive.

In 2010, there were two Startup Weekend events in the whole country. 2011 saw four different cities all with 70+ attendees each, Amsterdam had a massive 180 with 70 guests on Sunday night. I see that many of the attendees have continued with entrepreneurial pursuits, some with other attendees and that some of the teams/products still exist today.

2012 is looking like six cities – remember that the population here is less than 17 million people (about the size of Greater Los Angeles), and it’s clear that Startup Weekend is really helping people to get their feet into the world of entrepreneurship, and not just in Amsterdam.”

How do you see Startup Weekend Facilitators contributing to the growth & development of an entrepreneurial ecosystem?

“As well as keeping a level of experiential consistency across all of the events, I think the facilitators are also ambassadors, not only for Startup Weekend, but also for the startup and entrepreneurship communities in general, both local and global.

If I wanted to know what was going on in any particular city, I’d certainly be talking to the most local Startup Weekend facilitator, as even if they don’t know themselves, they’ll almost certainly be connected to the people who do.”

What words of advice would you give a first time Startup Weekend Organizer?

Make sure that >50% of the organising team has been to a Startup Weekend event – it’s a lot less stressful and much more fun to organise something you really understand.

Is there anything fun or interesting you do at the events you facilitate? What makes you unique as a Startup Weekend Facilitator?

“So far, I’ve yet to find my own “”signature”” for events. I picked up a few ideas at the recent Organiser Summit, so I’ll be adding some new fun at the next few events I attend.

Having attended, won, co-organised and lead-organised events and now being a facilitator, I think I’ve seen Startup Weekend events from more different perspectives than most, this really helps me to understand how to steer an event to make sure the attendees get more than they expect.”

What do you think the Global Startup Weekend Community of Facilitators could do to support each other more effectively?

“There’s a wealth of knowledge held between the facilitators, that doesn’t necessarily get shared on a wide level – I think that’s a shame. At the recent Organiser summit the facilitators present discussed a number of things that could be done, mostly revolving around more direct communication and meetups with each other as well as cross-facilitation of events. All of these things are in progress for 2012,

I’ll certainly be keeping in touch with the people I met, and asking them plenty of questions on how I can make my events better, as well as sharing what did(n’t) work for me.”

Are there any global communities you would like to connect with or invite to your next local Startup Weekend event?

“I’d love to be able to get some more high profile, less local, entrepreneurial business heroes, to attend the Dutch events.

We had Arthur van Hoff ( from Flipboard attend the entire event for Startup Weekend Enschede 2012, his input to the teams was as invaluable as it was inspirational. ”

Anything else you would like to add or talk about?

I <3 Startup Weekend and I’m open to invitations to facilitate or visit any event, anywhere in the world.

Core Team Post | Startup Weekend Stories: Cloudmine

The following originally appeared on and was written by Keith Armstrong of the Startup Weekend Core Team

Each weekend all over the globe Startup Weekend events are taking place from Bloomington, Indiana to Lahore, Pakistan – and sometimes I am lucky enough to fly over and help manage the event. During this time I get to watch the very beginning stages of entrepreneurial stories unfold. I find it such an amazingly beautiful thing to see and feel the euphoria and adrenaline created when smart, ambitious, creative and passionate people come together around an idea. It is in this collision of connections where the best entrepreneurial stories are written – you never know what might happen or whom you just might meet.

It is these small and random stories of entrepreneurship that make what I do for a living so exciting and meaningful. I could never listen to enough Startup Weekend stories and the impact the event has had on people’s lives. One story I find particularly interesting is CloudMine. For those who don’t know (mobile developers pay attention) CloudMine is a platform that eliminates the need for you to build custom backend solutions for your mobile application. CloudMine is co-founded by Brendan McCorkle, Marc Weil & Ilya Braude.

I first met Marc Weil while facilitating at Startup Weekend Princeton. I knew I liked the guy from the beginning – he had tons of energy and loved helping out teams (even if they weren’t building on the CloudMine API). If you spend more than 2 minutes with him you pick up on his brilliance – both for business and for solving technical problems. It was during this time he shared with me the story of how CloudMine came into being.

Startup Weekend Philly

Marc Weil met Brendan McCorkle in January 2011 while participating at a Startup Weekend event in Philadelphia. Marc describes his participation in the Startup Weekend event as the “beginning of the end of his corporate career.” As the event kicked off on Friday night, Brendan pitched his idea for the original CloudMine, a consumer product aimed at data curation and backup of mobile devices. The pitch struck a cord with Marc since he had been thinking about developing a similar product to solve his own problem. While Marc ultimately decided to apply his development skills to another team during the event, he told Brendan that he really liked the idea and wanted to learn more.  When I asked Marc why he didn’t join Brendan’s team, he said:

“I didn’t join Brendan’s team because I already had met up with my friend who came down from RIT and told him I’d be on his team. It was my first real tech event and I was a little nervous around all the new people, so I stuck with the person I knew.”

During the course of the event, Marc and Brendan worked on separate teams, each competing to be named the winner of Startup Weekend Philly where they both witnessed the birth of Launchrock. It would take a combination of other entrepreneurial/tech community events, tensions between a product manager at Oracle and an unbeknownst application to DreamIt Ventures before CloudMine would become more than just a side project of Brendan’s.

Quest for a Technical Co-Founder

Prior to co-founding CloudMine, Brendan started a company in Boston offering a SMS-based solution alerting restaurant patrons when their table was ready (as opposed to carrying around those square clunky things that vibrate); but like so many other non-technical co-founders, Brendan had to go out and earn his technical co-founder.

Months later, during a Philly Startup Leaders (PSL) happy hour, Brendan met Ilya and they hit it off together. A few weeks later Brendan introduced Ilya to Marc at Eulogy (a Belgium tavern). After a few beers, the geek fest between Ilya and Marc ensued. They have been geeking out together ever since.

When I asked Marc what he liked about Brendan he said:

“When Brendan & I were getting to know each other he just seemed like a cool and really smart guy. He was wary of the technical/non-technical working relationship and showed a strong interest in the technical side.

These days, I am more impressed each time during a customer or partner meeting at how well Brendan is able to explain how the product works in technical terms.”

Marc continued to offer his advice and helped out with technical research, but it would only be a matter of time before Marc would start cranking out code. He was about to reach his breaking point at Oracle and learn about CloudMine’s acceptance into DreamIt Ventures.

Sticking it to the Man & Dreamit Ventures 

Brendan applied to DreamIt Ventures and listed Marc (without him knowing) as the technical co-founder of CloudMine. When Brendan called Marc to inform him of acceptance (surprise!), Marc immediately stopped what he was doing to meet up with Brendan at Starbucks and signed the contract between CloudMine & DreamIt. I asked Marc why the acceptance into DreamIt Ventures made him decide to work on CloudMine full time, he said:

“I liked the idea of not jumping into the deep end with my eyes closed. I liked the social reassurance that came our acceptance into DreamIt. We had people of respect and authority giving thumbs up on the idea. DreamIt was basically saying ‘we think you can make it, we can give you money, we can help you.’”

Marc had become increasingly frustrated with his work at Oracle and was looking for a change. After a final argument between he and a product manager, Marc called a close friend who was currently working at Philly startup and asked him to ask his boss for a temporary job until the DreamIt Ventures program started in three months. The said friend’s boss agreed and Marc quit Oracle.

Brendan, Marc & Ilya then entered into the DreamIt Ventures program and went heads-down into hustler mode.

Beta Launch & Global Sponsorship

After finishing up with DreamIt, CloudMine launched its public beta at Startup Weekend. I asked Marc why they decided to launch at a Startup Weekend Philly. He said:

“We really liked the poetic closure – we’d met at a Startup Weekend, so let’s launch at one too. All our friends would be there too – it was basically good karma.”

Since their launch, CloudMine has become a Global Sponsor of Startup Weekend events around the world and now offers free resources to other Startup Weekend teams. They have also hired three employees and have received ample funding to build the company to scale more quickly.

Final Thoughts

I really love the CloudMine story because it sends such a great message to Startup Weekend attendees.

  1. As I said at the beginning of this post, you never know whom you might meet. Make sure you engage with other interesting people at your Startup Weekend event – especially if they are not on your team. Actively increase your odds of serendipity!
  2. Get involved with your community! Continue riding that wave of energy created at Startup Weekend and seek out other entrepreneurial/tech events in your city.

If this has motivated you to attend a Startup Weekend event in your city – check out our Global Events Calendar.

Startup Weekend Teams Up with the .CO Domain to Offer Short, Memorable .CO Web Addresses to Startups Worldwide

Seattle, WA – April 3, 2012. Startup Weekend™ today announced a one-year Global Partnership with .CO Internet, the company behind the fast-growing .CO domain extension.  Through the partnership, .CO domain name scholarships will be granted to all Startup Weekend participants, reaching more than 45,000 entrepreneurs in over 100 countries across the globe. The domain name scholarships will help these entrepreneurs kickstart their businesses with a 12-month .CO domain registration at no cost to them for the first year.

“.CO has quickly established itself as the hot, new domain of choice for startups worldwide,” said Marc Nager, CEO of Startup Weekend, “and we couldn’t be more excited to be able to provide Startup Weekend participants with the chance to launch their new products, services and brands on the .CO platform.”

Since the recent launch of .CO, over 1.3 million .CO web addresses have been registered in more than 200 countries, making .CO a global Internet phenomenon and new entrant into the World Finance 100. Following the lead of many of Silicon Valley’s most notable startup evangelists, such as Angel List (, 500 Startups (, The Founder Institute ( and Startup America Partnership (, web savvy entrepreneurs are increasingly leveraging .CO web addresses to turn their innovative ideas into successful businesses and brands.

“We’re beyond inspired by the work that Startup Weekend is doing to help aspiring entrepreneurs to come together, build teams and launch startups,” said Lori Anne Wardi, Vice President of .CO Internet.  “As a startup ourselves, we’re honored to be able to grant the next generation of startups with scholarships to access the .CO domain names they need to position their new businesses and brands for global success.”

The .CO domain name scholarship program will kick off at over 40 Startup Weekend events to be held during the month of April in China, India, Norway, France, Algeria, Albania, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Czech Republic, Tunisia, the United Kingdom, Belarus, Iceland, Denmark, Canada, Australia, Poland, Turkey, Uganda, Mongolia, the Philippines, and the United States.

About Startup Weekend™ Startup Weekend™ supports the development and expansion of entrepreneurship through events worldwide that educate aspiring entrepreneurs by immersing them in the process of moving an idea to market. Startup Weekend has built a network of more than 45,000 alumni, 300 volunteer organizers and 70 trained facilitators spread across more than 200 cities in 100 countries. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter @startupweekend.

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About .CO Internet S.A.S. .CO Internet is the company behind the fast growing .CO domain. In less than two years since its launch, .CO has become one of the most successful global domain extensions in history, with more than 1.3 million web addresses registered by people and companies in over 200 countries. From start-ups and small businesses to big brands and multinational corporations, .CO is increasingly becoming the web address of choice for innovators and entrepreneurs the world over. For more information about .CO, please visit or follow us on Twitter @dotCO.

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R.I.P Steve Jobs

To a man who incarnated Entrepreneurship…

Startup Weekend and Grockit Partner to Launch Education-Focused Startup Weekends

SAN FRANCISCO – September 08, 2011 – StartupWeekend, a non-profit that helps entrepreneurs launch their businesses in one weekend, and Grockit, a social-learning Internet start-up, along with the KauffmanFoundation, today announced a dedicated education (EDU) vertical within Startup Weekend. Startup Weekend EDU is designed to attract and assist entrepreneurs working to bring new solutions to education.

The Startup Weekend EDU series will kick-off in San Francisco on October 15, head to Washington, D.C. on October 22, and cross the Atlantic for an event in London on October 29.  Beyond the three Startup Weekends planned for October, the series will announce additional events around the country and world taking place over the next twelve months, including a pre-kickoff event in Seattle on September 30th.

“It will be the bold ideas of entrepreneurs, who bring forth new ventures, that necessarily disrupt and evolve education,” says Carl Schramm, president and CEO of the Kauffman Foundation. “We are pleased that Grockit is joining us on this important vertical of Startup Weekend. Indeed, Grockit exhibits the radical perspective and technological approach that can make a difference in the way students learn.”

Startup Weekends are 54-hour events where developers, designers, marketers, product managers, and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups. During the events, technical, business, and financial resources are made available to entrepreneurs to help launch their products and companies. The goal of Startup Weekend EDU is to bring new innovations to education. Grockit hosted an initial Startup Weekend EDU event for a sold-out crowd in San Francisco earlier this summer.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to involve the Startup Weekend community in tackling some of the biggest challenges we face today,” says Marc Nager, CEO of Startup Weekend. “By building these businesses we can not only impact the educational system in individual communities, but all over the world.”

The series is backed by the Kauffman Foundation, which is a top private funder of economic research related to growth and innovation in the United States. The foundation also plays a leading role in educational reform.

To register for the San Francisco, Washington, D.C. or London Startup Weekend EDU events please visit To learn more about becoming a Startup Weekend organizer please visit

About Startup Weekend

Startup Weekend is a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization based in Seattle, Washington, USA, that organizes 54-hour weekend events during which groups of developers, business managers, startup enthusiasts, marketing gurus, graphic artists and more pitch ideas for new startup companies, form teams around those ideas, and work to develop a working prototype, demo, and/or presentation by Sunday evening. In the past 3 years Startup Weekend has grown into an organization with a global presence, having organized over 300 events spanning 150 cities and 90 countries. Startup Weekend’s stated mission is to be the most valuable and influential organization in fostering startup communities around the world. In September 2010, Startup Weekend received a grant from The Kauffman Foundation, the largest foundation for entrepreneurship in the world. For more information, visit

About Grockit

Grockit was created to improve academic achievement and extend learning outside of the classroom. By applying adaptive learning algorithms and innovative social networking and online gaming technologies, students experience a fun and engaging way to master academic skills and achieve personal best scores on standardized tests. The diagnostic, prescriptive and adaptive nature of the underlying Grockit platform ensures that each student receives a personalized learning experience, designed to help them overcome areas of academic weakness. Founded in 2007 by Farb Nivi, a former Teacher of the Year for The Princeton Review and academic director at Kaplan, Grockit is headquartered in San Francisco and has received funding from Atlas Venture, Benchmark Capital, Integral Capital Partners and prominent angel investors including Reid Hoffman (founder, LinkedIn) and Mark Pincus (founder and CEO, Zynga). For more information, please visit

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